St. Peters Catholic Church (Worcester, Massachusetts)

St. Peter's Catholic Church is a historic church building at 935 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. Built in 1884, the church is one of the city's finest and most ornate examples of Gothic Revival architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1] It is home to an active parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester.

St. Peters Catholic Church
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St. Peters Catholic Church (Worcester, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
St. Peters Catholic Church (Worcester, Massachusetts)
St. Peters Catholic Church (Worcester, Massachusetts) is located in the United States
St. Peters Catholic Church (Worcester, Massachusetts)
Location935 Main St., Worcester, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°15′11″N 71°49′18″W / 42.25306°N 71.82167°W / 42.25306; -71.82167Coordinates: 42°15′11″N 71°49′18″W / 42.25306°N 71.82167°W / 42.25306; -71.82167
Arealess than one acre
Built1884
ArchitectPatrick W. Ford
Architectural styleGothic Revival
MPSWorcester MRA
NRHP reference No.80000548 [1]
Added to NRHPMarch 05, 1980

Architecture and historyEdit

St. Peter's is located on the south side of Main Street in southwestern Worcester, directly opposite the main Clark University campus. It is a red brick structure with granite trim and ornate Gothic Revival styling. It is basically rectangular, with a square tower projecting from the right front corner, and a central projecting section on the main facade. The tower has two narrow round-arch windows in the first three stages, this in the third (belfry) stage taller. It is topped by ornate crenellations and spires. The main facade has three entrances, one in the projecting section, and one each on either side. The central entrance, set in a round-arch opening, is under a gable-roofed projection, with a row of round-arch windows set pairwise in round-arch recesses. The flanking entrances are also set in round-arch openings, with circular rose windows on the second level.[2]

St. Peter's Parish was established in 1884 to provide services to the burgeoning population of southwestern Worcester. Ground was broken on its construction that year, but it was not completed until 1893, the year in which it was formally dedicated. It was designed by architect Patrick W. Ford.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church". Retrieved 2014-01-19.